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send us out to the villages so the Enemy can take care of us there. It doesn’t always work that way. The Society wants us to be afraid of dying. But I’m not. I’m only afraid of dying wrong. “This is how Aberrations end,” the Officer tells us impatiently. He takes a step in our direction. “You know that. There’s no last meal. There’s no last words. Let go and get out.” This is how Aberrations end. Looking down I see that the water has gone black with the sky. I don’t let go yet. Citizens end with banquets. Last words. Stored tissue samples to give them a chance at immortality. I can’t do anything about the food or the sample but I do have words. They’re always there rolling through my mind with the pictures and numbers. So I whisper some that seem to fit the river and the death: “For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar.” Vick looks at me, surprised. “Let go,” I tell him, and at the same time we do.

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Crossed, Ally Condie  

The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy! Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in...

Crossed, Ally Condie  

The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy! Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in...

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